When you are painting wood paneling, you will want to ensure that you follow the right steps to effectively paint the area. This can help you to provide a paint job that will last as long as possible in order to improve the overall appearance of your building. Hiring a professional for your paint job can help to provide the ideal paint job to vastly improve the appearance of your home. Here are a few of the top tips for painting wood paneling when it is present inside of your building.
Inspect the Area
Prior to beginning your paint job, you will want to ensure that you inspect the wall that you intend to paint. In some cases, wood paneling can be removed fairly easily, which can prevent damage to the walls. When the wood paneling is particularly securely connected to your wall, it can cause damage if you try to remove it. In these scenarios, you will have to paint over the wood paneling in order to modify its appearance.
Preparation is Critical
There is a reason why you should always prep the area before painting over it. This will prevent damage from impacting the various components of your home due to spilled paint or other concerns. In order to effectively prep the area, you will want to cover crown molding and baseboards that are in the area. Use tape and plastic sheeting to do so. You will also want to cover any nearby furnishings to prevent them from sustaining damage during the project.
Wash your Wall
Washing the surface will ensure that paint is able to adhere more securely to the surface of the wall. This improves longevity and the finished product. In order to thoroughly wash the wall, you should use either an all-purpose cleaner or degreaser, rather than just water. Once you have removed all traces of dirt and grime, you will want to ensure that you let the wood paneling dry completely before you spackle the surface.
Fill in Holes and Grooves
The use of spackle helps you to repair issues that may be present on your wood paneling. Before you start to paint the wall or even use primer, you will want to fill in these holes. It may also be useful to fill in the grooves of the wood paneling with spackle in order to minimize their appearance. If you don’t want the appearance to be minimized, you can forego this step, but not the hole filling process.
Sand the Wood Paneling
Many types of wood paneling have a thin vinyl layer that can make it difficult for paint to adhere to the surface. In order to minimize this problem, you will want to ensure that you sand the surface. This can help you to remove any layers that will prevent the paint from sticking to the surface.
The strategy you use to paint the wood paneling will have a significant impact on your final outcome. You will use the same strategy both for applying primer and paint. A primer can help to improve the longevity of your paint job, while simultaneously improving the appearance of your paint job. First, you should apply the primer in the grooves of the wood paneling. Allow this part to dry, then apply the primer to the entire surface of the wall.
Paint the Wood Paneling
You will paint in the same way that you applied primer. Start with painting the grooves within the wood paneling. After this point, you will paint the entire surface. Following this strategy can often minimize the appearance of the wood paneling and will substantially enhance the appearance of your finished paint job.
The various steps that you can take can significantly improve the overall appearance of your property and extend the longevity of your paint job. When you follow these steps, you can help to improve the appearance of your wood paneling. Our team at Wilson’s Paint and Floor Coverings can help to provide you with a paint job for your wood paneling or an array of other services. For more information about how you can paint over wood paneling, contact us at Wilson’s Paint and Floor Coverings!